Natura Paper 2

Natura Writing Assignment Number 2:
Writing about Texts
Draft Workshop: October 11th
Final Submission: October 13th

In this assignment we will draw upon our course readings from Reading the Roots. You’ll undertake an analysis of one aspect of the readings that draws on the ideas and content developed over the past few weeks in the courses of our Natura Learning Community.

Draw on the topics of discussion from all three of your classes. Our Natura Learning Community is meant to draw on a model of interconnected coursework. It is an excellent idea to think of your entire education as a series of links. Search out the connections and draw on them for this essay. However, keep in mind that our Learning Community is focused on more than nature. It addresses profound issues that arise from the disconnect between humans and nature.

In short, you’ll select a piece of your choice, think about it in the context of discussions from our Learning Community, undertake a rhetorical analysis of the piece, and develop and original argument about your selection.

Things to Remember:

  • You’re free to select any piece we’ve read in Reading the Roots.
  • Explore the material in the context of the topics raised in the Learning Community
  • Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that all our readings sound the same; think actively about the differences
  • Make use of all the analytical tools that we’ve discussed in class, practiced in our reading, and developed through annotation
  • Develop your own original argument.
  • A and B level assignments will build off of course content and not repeat ideas from lecture or class discussion

This assignment is a place to do the following:

  • To experiment with stimulating curiosity, raising and developing questions, and fostering the desire to think in sophisticated and nuanced ways about a primary source
  • Researching and working with primary sources
  • To explore own ideas through rhetorical analysis and writing
  • Exploring writing as a process through a variety of brainstorming and free-writing exercises
  • To explore through writing your own ideas about the past
  • To share your ideas with others through writing

Assignment and Assessment Goals

  • Selecting appropriate topics based on critical reading, annotating texts, and utilizing prewriting exercises
  • Developing a sophisticated argument appropriate to the college level and supported by your interpretation of compelling and appropriate evidence
  • Integrating and properly citing a primary text
  • Using appropriate voice and tone for an academic setting

 Format requirements:

  • Must be argumentative and not a report
  • Include evidence from your primary source
  • 3 to 4 full pages
  • Proper use of MLA format and in-text citations
  • Hard-copy of paper submitted in class
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